On the 28th anniversary of the Chinese government’s arbitrary detention and subsequent enforced disappearance of the 11th Panchen Lama Jetsun Tenzin Gedhun Yeshi Trinley Phuntsok Pal Sangpo, widely recognised by his lay name Gedhun Choekyi Nyima, the Tibetan Centre for Human Rights and Democracy (TCHRD) reiterates its call to the Chinese government to immediately and unconditionally release the Panchen Lama, his family members, and all the Tibetan political prisoners. TCHRD emphasises that without ensuring the Tibetan people’s fundamental human rights, including freedom of belief and religion, Chinese authorities can never hope to win the hearts and minds of Tibetans, let alone earn any legitimacy for its repressive policies and campaigns in Tibet.
The Tibetan Centre for Human Rights and Democracy (TCHRD) strongly condemns the unjust sentencing of the Tibetan entrepreneur and philanthropist Mr Tenzin Choephel to 18 years in prison on the trumped-up charge of “inciting separatism” in Tarchen (Ch: Daqen) Township in Sernye (Ch: Sèní) District, Nagchu (Ch: Nagchu) City
One of the most highly revered Tibetan spiritual leaders, the 11th Panchen Lama Gedhun Choekyi Nyima, remains missing since his abduction by the Chinese authorities at the age of six on 17 May 1995.
Lobsang Choephel, 34, was detained earlier this month along with other unidentified monks. The reason behind their sudden detention and their whereabouts remain unknown.
On the 38th International day of the victims of enforced disappearances, TCHRD remembers all victims of enforced disappearance inside Tibet and calls on China to ratify the Convention for the Protection of all Persons from Enforced Disappearances (Convention).
The Communist Party of China’s Central Propaganda Department announced the launch of a campaign to crack down on illegal online activities and fake news.
The 45-year-old disciplinarian, identified as Konmey, was arbitrarily taken into police custody around 20 July 2021. Since then, there has been no information on why and where he was detained. His whereabouts remain unknown.
The Tibetan Centre for Human Rights and Democracy (TCHRD) urge Chinese authorities to immediately reveal the fate of two Tibetan men who went missing last year after they were detained by police for refusing to take part in coercive political re-education campaigns in Tachen Township in Nagchu (Ch: Naqu) County, Nagchu Prefecture, Tibet Autonomous Region, in the traditional Shak Ronpo area in the Tibetan province of Kham.
Lhadar and Norsang were detained last year in separate incidents when local authorities conducted mass political re-education campaign, also known as patriotic education, to ensure that the celebrations marking the 70th founding anniversary of the Chinese Party-state went unopposed.
On the 25th anniversary of the enforced disappearance of the 11th Panchen Lama Gedhun Choekyi Nyima, the Tibetan Centre for Human Rights and Democracy (TCHRD) reiterates its call for his immediate and unconditional release and unfettered access to independent international human rights group to ascertain his fate and wellbeing.
Gedhun Choekyi Nyima was six years old when he and his parents became victims of enforced disappearance at the hands of Chinese authorities on 17 May 1995, three days after His Holiness the Dalai Lama had recognised him as the reincarnation of the previous 10th Panchen Lama.
The Tibetan Centre for Human Rights and Democracy (TCHRD) is deeply concerned over the enforced disappearance of Tibetan businessman Tenzin Choephel, who was known for environmental and cultural advocacy work in Tachen Township, Nagchu (Ch: Naqu) County, Nagchu Prefecture, Tibet Autonomous Region, in the Tibetan province of Kham.
Choephel has not been heard or seen since his detention by Chinese police in March 2018 from Gongkar Airport in Lhasa. He had just returned from a trip to Chengdu city. After taking him to a detention centre in Lhasa city, police searched his house and allegedly found some photos of His Holiness the Dalai Lama and “several political literature”.
Today is the 28th birthday of Tibet’s 11th Panchen Lama, Gedhun Choekyi Nyima, who went missing 22 years ago along with his parents after they were detained by Chinese officials in Tibet. The Panchen Lama’s case has become one of the world’s longest enforced disappearances, the answer to which is considered a top state secret by the Chinese government. The…